All of Samsung’s latest devices, by that we mean the Galaxy S3, the second generation Note, and that newly announced Note 8.0, run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Thing is, the latest version of Android is actually 4.2. Thanks to a leak that hit the internet less than 24 hours ago, Android 4.2 is now out for the GS3, but it’s obviously not official. YouTube user “Damian Kidd” took said leaked ROM, threw it on his Telstra branded GS3, and recorded a nice 5+ minute video showing off all the new things he found.
For those of you who can’t watch the embedded video above because you’re at work or you’re on a slow connection, here’s a quick summary: Lock screen widget support has been added. Whether or not lock screen widgets are useful is a whole different story, but they’re there. With regards to the notification panel, you know all those toggle switches Samsung likes to throw in there? Well, they’re kicking things up a notch. With a tap of one button you can see every toggle the device offers. Two new toggles are included: Hotspot Mode, and Flight Mode.
There’s also some new voice commands. When you have the camera open, for example, you can say “smile” or “cheese” and the camera will snap a photo. We’ve seen that before, on LG’s Android skin, so it isn’t exactly a new feature.
Some people say this new ROM also has some memory management improvements, but Mr. Kidd didn’t notice them. Again, this is probably not final software. Rumor has it that this update will go out roughly around the same time that the GS4 hits store shelves, so we’re looking at a wait time of roughly one month, maximum two.
And again, just because the video above shows off the GS3, that doesn’t mean the rest of Samsung’s portfolio isn’t going to get the same kind of love. The second generation Note and Note 8.0 will definitely get this update, though we can’t be sure about the S2 and the first Note.
One more thing: Someone asked Damian if Photo Sphere is in the ROM; the answer is no.